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Human rights abuses: How complicit are oil companies?

Oil companies need to go where the oil is and that sometimes takes them to countries where the social, environmental and political rights of indigenous peoples count for little. However, those oil operations and the companies' involvement with the host governments are increasingly being challenged… But even if not complicit, when in order to operate in a country a company must accommodate itself to a regime that rules at the point of a gun, it can leave a deep stain on its reputation that proves very hard to wash away. [refers to Shell, ExxonMobil, Chevron, Unocal]

Part of the following stories

ExxonMobil lawsuit (re Aceh)

Shell lawsuit (re Nigeria - Kiobel & Wiwa)

Shell lawsuit (re oil pollution in Nigeria)

Unocal lawsuit (re Myanmar)